Fishing the Lagoons at Dead Horse Ranch Park in Cottonwood, Arizona
Life can be complicated, or it can be as simple as this: a fishing pole, a folding chair, and a cooler filled with snacks and drinks. That’s all it takes for a fine time, when you’re fishing the lagoons at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Sit on the lawn and partake of a picnic while you introduce the younger generation to an activity that blends hours of patience with moments of excitement when you make a catch. The antics of red-winged blackbirds and the fishing prowess of great blue herons will keep everyone entertained while waiting for a bite. In the winter, it’s trout on the line, while spring brings channel catfish. Anglers also pull largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie from these lagoons and the nearby Verde River.